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Book Tag! Tell About Yourself.

Book Tag!!

 

My Life in Books. I found this on  a list of book tags to do so I thought why not? I won’t actually tag anyone else right now, cause there is no one for me too tag. Enjoy!!

 

  • Your initials

M –Michal By Jill Eileen Smith. This is a book about King David’s wife and Saul’s daughter I really enjoyed reading it.

J-Just One Day By Gayle Foreman. It has been a while but I enjoyed this book when I read it and hope to reread it again soon.

B-Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser. I am not finished with it yet but I really like it so far and cannot wait to finish it.

  • Age-count your books till your age.

This was a little hard due to how my books are on the shelf but what I have it Scarlett By Marrisa Meyer, I love this series and it’s take on the fairytales. It was a favorite rendition of mine.

  • City/Country. One that take place in your city or country. There is not one that takes place in my city so I picked state instead. Princesses of Iowa By Molly Backes. This is one that I have DNFed because I could not get into the story. Perhaps I will try again this year.
  • Travel somewhere you want to travel. I picked The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan. I want to got to Brooklyn/New York area and also camp half blood!!

 

  • Colour, what is a book that has your favorite colour on the cover. I picked The Crystal Kingdom By Amanda Hocking. I liked this book when I first read it a while ago, and my favorit colour is Blue!
  • Memories, what book has the most memories for you? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, my copies are from my mom so they are old and well read.

 

  • A book you had difficulty getting through. this Till We Have Faces By C.S. Lewis. I had to read this for a class and had such a hard time getting through this one!

 

8)TBR a book that you will get a  lot out of when you finished it. It’s Not supposed to be this Way by Lysa Terkuerst. I am reading this as my devotional and it is most helpful as I go through it.

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The Truth Seeker

“Women are turning up dead, and Lisa O’Malley has a habit of walking into crime scenes, curious. She’s a forensic pathologist, and mysteries are her domain. U.S. Marshal Quinn Diamond has found loving her is easier than keeping her safe. Lisa’s found the killer, and now she’s missing too.”

The Truth Seeker, by Dee Henderson is the third book in the O’Malley series. I know I am changing things up by doing a review of the third book first, but this one is my favorite in the series and I wanted to start with it. Henderson’s series are inspirational religious books. She is very good at writing fiction that makes one think about things in a unique way. They way she tells each of the stories in this series is different from the other yet the same.

Lisa O’Malley struggles with the resurrection of Christ, and Quinn Diamond is falling in love with Lisa, while investigating the murder of his father that happened over twenty years ago. Together they put pieces together, of the murders in Chicago. The way Henderson writes this story is not sappy and unrealistic, it is realistic, and at the same time still not boring. She brings across the point of the investigations, and the terms that go along with that. She uses detail to such a point that the reader can clearly see the picture of what is happing in ones mind eye.

The reason this book is one of my favorites is that reason, the vividness of the descriptions and feelings of the characters. It feels as though the reader is experiencing everything with the O’Malley’s. I recommend this book and the rest in its series to anyone who is looking for a mystery and a romance as well as a laugh. Dee Henderson knows how to write mysteries and romance while still throwing in a laugh.

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Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Liparulo

“When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land. But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into–as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house. They soon discover there’s something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school. Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places–in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen’s dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.”

I was introduced to this series of books by a good friend of mine last year. I am always on the lookout for good books and this is one of her favorites, so when she found out I loved to read she immediately suggested this series to me and loaned me the first book, “House of Dark Shadows” I read the first book within a matter of hours and then bought the books for myself so I could read them at my own pace without having to make sure she was around so I Could get the next book. during this time two other friends of ours were also reading the books, so in a way we were experiencing these books together.

One of the things I Enjoyed about the first book is that it starts off with a bang, it throws the reader right in, to what you don’t really know, but it is a mystery to solve right along side the Kings. Another aspect of the books that I loved is the realness of the family itself. when the reader first meets the Kings they are in a car moving from Las Angeles, California to Pinedale, California, and the scene that is played out in the car is one that many families have had while riding in a car for hours with siblings. Victoria (Toria) is annoying Alexander (Xander) with her bear that records things, making it record and repeat everything Xander says, causing him to get more upset than he already is. The Parents are shown as real people, not a child’s version of how they see their parents acting but as a real person.

Liparulo does something with his books that is reflects the value of family and how they would do anything for one another, but also shows how families can have traditions among themselves that goes back generations. what the Kings’ tradition is has to do with what they name their children. since their last name is King they name their children after great rulers in history, Alexander, David (after King David in the Bible), and Victoria (After Queen Victoria of England). another thing that is mentioned early on is church. they mention that even though they have just moved they will still find a church to go to on Sunday morning. This says to me that even though things may be crazy at the moment there is something that will never change that is a constant, God.

I don’t want to give away what happens in the later books, so I will not say to much more. The King family represents a dynamic that I think is being lost in today’s society. Family that will stick with one another, no matter what happens, kids who respect their  parents, even if they don’t always show it. To me the overall message of these books is that with your family and friends and most importantly God, you can get through anything that is sent your way. So if you need a good Mystery book to read, I Highly recommend Dreamhouse Kings By Robert Liparulo.